There, given this mismatch between the long-term opportunities and growth that globalization presents for greater well-being, and its disruptive political, environmental and social impacts, the United States needs a broad strategy to make globalization sustainable - to get the best out of it while softening the worst. Think of the world as a wheel with spokes. At the hub of this wheel is what I would label "globalization and rapid economic and technological change." That is, in plain language, the one big thing
that is going on out there. Because it is at the center, we need a different approach to health care, welfare, education, job training, the environment, market regulation, social security, campaign finance and expansion of free trade. Each one of these areas has to be adjusted, adapted or reformed to enable us as a society to get the most out of this globalization system and to cushion its worst aspects. Globalization demands that our society move faster, work smarter and take more risks than at any time in our history. As your President I make you two promises. One is that I will make it my business to equip each of you, and our society at large, to meet this challenge, with the right combination of integrationist programs and social safety nets. The other is that I will a tireless defender of our trade laws to ensure that globalization, while it challenges the American worker, does not allow others to take advantage of our openess by dumping their products here while limiting our access to their markets. I'm not here to tell you this is all going to be easy. In fact, I'm here to tell you that it is going to be really hard. But if we can strike the right balance - and I think we can - we can be the vanguard for the world on how to manage integration in the age of globalization, just as we were the vanguardfor the world on how to manage containment in the age of the Cold War. God Bless America.